AutoHunter Spotlight: 1982 Ford Thunderbird

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform powered by, is this two-owner 1982 Ford Thunderbird Heritage Edition personal luxury coupe that has driven just over 2,000 miles a year since new.

It belonged to a longtime owner – the seller’s father – who kept the T-bird covered in a garage. Equipment includes a 4.2-liter V8 paired with an overdrive automatic transmission, 6-way power driver’s seat, electronic instrument panel, SelectAire climate control and other power options. This vehicle is offered with the original window sticker, owner’s manual, transmission booklet, maintenance records and CARFAX report which shows a vehicle history with no accidents or damage. The sale includes clear Virginia title in the seller’s name.

1982 Ford Thunderbird

This Thunderbird is the Heritage Edition, which was the highest trim level for 1982. It is finished in Pastel Vanilla with a matching half-vinyl roof. Like all T-birds of this generation, it features pop-up headlights with halogen units, side moldings, bright mirror caps and full-width taillights. Additional features include front cornering lights and rocker panel moldings.

The 14-inch steel wheels with spoked wheel covers are wrapped in whitewall tires. A solid spare tire is in the trunk. Power-assisted front disc brakes, in conjunction with rear drums, help bring the Thunderbird to a stop.

Beige door panels, dashboard, carpeting and floor mats complement the fabric upholstered split bench seat up front with split rear bucket seats. Features include 6-way power driver’s seat, AM/FM stereo radio with cassette, tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, tinted windows, power door locks, illuminated vanity mirror, cruise control, a rear window defroster and an electrical aerial. The seller notes that the SelectAire air conditioning system works but will likely need repairs.

Instrumentation includes an electronic cluster with digital speedometer, fuel gauge and other displays. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 83,000 miles, which is consistent with the last mileage reading (dated October 2011 on the CARFAX report), although the actual mileage on the chassis is unknown. Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering was standard, but the leather-wrapped steering wheel was originally a $51 option.

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The carbureted two-barrel 4.2-liter V8, which was standard on the Thunderbird Heritage Edition, was rated at 115 horsepower when new. It transfers power to the rear wheels via a Ford AOD column-shifted 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The battery is new.

The suspension uses a MacPherson strut setup up front and a four-link live axle in the rear, along with coil springs at all four corners. More images from below can be seen in the gallery.

This 1982 Thunderbird auction closes August 11, 2022 at 11:20 a.m. (PDT). Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information as well as the photo gallery

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